Pakistan sink without trace as New Zealand close in on series win

New Zealand bowlers ran by means of the Pakistan top-order to go away the visiting facet on the point of a well-known away win within the UAE as they require simply six wickets in two periods to go 2-1 up within the three-match sequence because the hosts went into lunch in serious trouble at 55-5.

Debutant off-spinner William Somerville picked up two wickets in two balls — dismissing Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq — to go away the hosts floundering after seamers Tim Southee and Colin de Grandhomme had accounted for Muhammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali respectively with balls that nipped away off the floor.

Ajaz Patel then dismissed Imam ul Haq on the final over earlier than lunch to go away Pakistan with little sensible probabilities of survival.

Pakistan have been at all times going to up towards it as they appeared to chase down  an extremely difficult chase of 280.

Sarfraz Ahmed and his males had been forward for a lot of the sport earlier than New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson (139 off 283 balls) and left-handed batsman Henry Nicholls (126 not out off 266 balls) scored excellent centuries to show the tie on its head on day 4.

Williamson was dismissed by Hasan Ali on the primary ball of day 5 however Pakistan have been unable to forestall the hemorrhage of runs as New Zealand batsmen continued to search out the boundaries whilst wickets tumbled.

A complete of 81 runs and 4 wickets in simply 9 overs on day 5 was in stark distinction to what had been 4 onerous days of attritional cricket.

Yasir Shah was as soon as once more the choose of the bowlers for Pakistan, claiming 4-129, whereas debutant Shaheen Shah Afridi took 2-85.




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